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My Old Kentucky Home banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    Some of the lyrics are outdated and inappropriate, but the melody is timeless. It makes for a great instrumental tune. This could be fun in a band or a jam setting. If you're from the Bluegrass state, you have no choice. Learn My Old Kentucky Home today!

  • Melodic Style


    A fun melodic arrangement of My Old Kentucky Home. Use the lick switcher for more variations. State the true melody clearly and with great tone at the end. Let everyone know exactly what tune you are playing!

  • Single String Style


    A few challenging phrases. Focus on good tone production. Having the pick surface perpendicular to the string is a good starting point. Sometimes, you can attack the string at a slight angle and you will get a warmer tone. This doesn't sound good on the low D string because of the string windings, but on the unwound strings, you can get some soft and sweet sounds.


More about My Old Kentucky Home

"My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!" is Stephen Foster's anti-slavery ballad, probably written in 1852. Foster might have been inspired by the Uncle Tom's Cabin of Harriet Beecher Stowe, with imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown; Federal Hill called the Kentucky farm. But the title was later changed to 'My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night! The song was originally entitled' Poor Uncle Tom, Good-Night' in Foster's sketchbook! The music of Foster contains a distinct picture of Kentucky. The album "My Old Kentucky House, Good-Night!" When Charlotte was staying with the Rowan family, Atkinson Hill Rowan made a marriage proposal to her that she finally rejected — established a decisive moment in the career of Stephen Foster in regard to his personal beliefs about the slavery institution. In March 1852, in Foster's hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Harriet Beecher Stowe's abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin appeared. Following years of financial uncertainty and sharing his parent's and siblings ' memories of the White Cottage with Stephen, the importance of his longing for a permanent home that was no longer available to him greatly influenced his fiction.

On Tunefox you’ll find 3 different tabs for My Old Kentucky Home. Each of these tabs will teach you how to play this tune in a different way. The Scruggs style tablature will show you how to play left-hand slurs, otherwise known as hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs. The Melodic style arrangement of will show you how to play My Old Kentucky Home up the neck using major and pentatonic scales. And finally, the Single-string arrangement There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo My... Old Kentucky Home tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into a different arrangement, just click on the "Original Measure" text above the measure and select a different lick. You can also click the "Shuffle licks" button at the bottom of the page to randomly change all of the licks in the tablature and create a wholly unique arrangement of this song. Be sure to check out all of the great learning tools that Tunefox has to offer such as "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up". These tools can be found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. Want to learn some of My Old Kentucky Home by ear? Use "Hide Notes" to hide some or all of the notes in the tablature. Once you’re finished learning with the tab use the "Memory Train" tool to commit the song to memory. Then practice with "Speed Up" to improve your technique and speed in no time. Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for My Old Kentucky Home. The backing tracks are recorded samples of real instruments to help simulate practicing with an actual band. You can adjust the volume of the instrument, band, and metronome to your liking. When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of My Old Kentucky Home, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.

My Old Kentucky Home lyrics

Randy Newman Turpentine, dandelion wine
I just turned the corner and I'm doin' fine
Shootin' at the birds on the telephone line
Pickin' em off with this gun of mine
I got a fire in my belly
And a fire in my head
Goin' higher and higher
Till I'm dead S...ut she's just bein' kind
Papa thinks she's pretty but he's almost blind
And they don't let her out 'cept late at night
But I don't care 'cause I'm all right Chorus:
Oh, the sun shines bright on
My Old Kentucky Home
And the young folks roll on the floor
Oh, the sun shines bright on
My Old Kentucky Home
Keep them hard times away from my door Brother Gene, is big and mean
And he don't have much to say
He had a little woman who he whupped each day
But now she's gone away
Got drunk last night
Kicked mama down the stairs
But I'm all right so I don't care Chorus